Safety begins with proper wiring. Follow these electric safety tips:
- Qualified electricians should install and check wiring.
- Homes should be 100-amps; 200+-amps for homes heated electrically.
- Electric appliances should have three-prong plugs.
- Keep cords away from heat and water.
- Never wrap cords around metal. Keep them away from foot traffic.
- Weatherproof outdoor electric outlets.
- Major electric appliances should have their own circuits.
- Never use appliances when you are wet or on a wet surface.
- Never use electric tools/appliances outdoors if it is raining or wet.
- Always use moisture-resistant appliance cords outside.
- Use power tools with durable, grounded or double insulated cords.
- Never operate an electric lawn mower in wet grass.
- Teach your children not to fly kites near power lines.
- Never touch fallen electric wires. They may be energized.
- Never enter a power substation.
- Ground antennas. Install antenna (2x) its height from power lines.
- Never use any type of metal equipment near power lines.
- Show your family where the main fuse/circuit breaker is located.
- Inspect cords. Immediately replace, not patch, damaged ones.
- Never pull a plug from a wall outlet by the cord. Grasp the plug.
- Unplug irons and heat appliances when they are not in use.
- Plug power tools or heavy appliances into wall outlets only.
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